Support Local Native American Families In Need This Christmas

Fort Collins-Based NCIPA Hosts Annual Christmas Drive for Local Families in Need

Open your heart and contribute to Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association’s 15th annual Christmas Drive benefiting local Native American families.

Choose from local families’ Needs and Wishes lists, or purchase gift cards. For more information and to give, visit NCIPA.

Shop Local and Colorado BIPOC-Owned Businesses This Holiday Season

If you’re buying gifts this holiday season, check out these local, Colorado, and national BIPOC-owned businesses.

One of our favorites is the unscented leave-in conditioner by Chubby Curls. Moisturizer-In- Chief Manushkka uses natural and toxin-free ingredients.

Join Us On January 24: So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Chapters 1-5)

If you enjoyed any of our book discussions earlier this year on White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism; There There; and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, then you won’t want to miss our January 24 online meeting.

We’ll discuss the first five chapters of So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo in an informal and friendly Zoom space and breakout rooms facilitated by Beth, David, Karen, Mara, Ricardo, Teresa, and Victoria. Join us!

Free and Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available.

See Details and Registration on our Events page.

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, home of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conversation Herd and the Lindenmeier Site.
Photo by Katherine Valdez/Diverse Fort Collins
The land around Rawhide Energy Station is home to two herds of American bison.
Photo by Katherine Valdez/Diverse Fort Collins

Did You Say “Happy Thanksgiving”?

As we learn the truth about the holiday, it becomes increasingly uncomfortable to say “Happy Thanksgiving.”

The following is what Diverse Fort Collins posted on Facebook on November 26. If you want to learn more, click on the links in the photo caption above.


May you enjoy time with your loved ones today! 🍁

Acknowledging that we live on the ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples.

Diverse FoCo recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land.

The following is history and information for awareness and education, so we can do better for each other and all people. Especially now, during a global pandemic .

Native Americans in Larimer County – People of the Mountain and Plains

Colorado State University (CSU) Land Acknowledgment

Article: The trauma of Thanksgiving for Native communities during a pandemic: Novelist Tommy Orange on whether racial justice protests and Covid-19 disparities bring a new perspective to the holiday. By Rachel Ramirez/Vox

Article: 400 Years After First Thanksgiving, Native Americans Honor “Day of Mourning” Instead

The U.S. government broke every treaty it signed with Native America tribes. See Broken Treaty Quilts by Gina Adams.

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated every November, but the learning can continue year-round.

Check out these resources to educate yourself about important issues.

Native American Cultural Center (NACC)
Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association (NCIPA)
Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS)
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Opinion: 156 years later, we still have much to learn about the Sand Creek Massacre
Colorado Indigenous Peoples Day Organization
Article: Colorado just passed a bill to replace Columbus Day with Cabrini Day, the first paid state holiday in the U.S. recognizing a woman
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Article: Fighting for native rights: Ever resilient, Boulder-based NARF turns 50
National Museum of the American Indian
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People

Diverse, Inclusive Crayons Are Now Available

Did you know Crayola collaborated with color experts to offer more diverse skin colors? Learn more about the Colors of the World crayons.

Volunteer with Diverse Fort Collins!

Diverse Fort Collins Advisory Committee will meet for the first time on January 13 to begin discussing 2021 events. This committee consists of community members from a variety of industries who will assist Founder & Executive Katherine Valdez with strategic planning and programming. Thank you to Co-Chairs Mia Donley, Teresa R. Funke, and Karen Wong-Brown!

DFC Action Committee held two kick-off meetings this autumn, and will meet again in January. Four subcommittees focus on Environmental Justice, LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces, Policy & Legislation, and Voting.

Want to get involved? Email Co-Chairs Victoria Baumgart and Amanda Mansfield at Thank you to Victoria, Amanda, and subcommittee chairs Zahra Al-Saloom, Rita Kissen, Jamie K. Moyer, and Brigett Neff!

We also seek volunteers to help with Community Voices guest columns, event coordination, social media, and website development. See the About page for details and email for more information.

Wishing you and your loved ones a merry, safe, and healthy holiday season!

Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project advocating for racial equity and antiracism. We connect people with resources and each other.

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

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